The idea for Artemis Design Co. was born on a trip to Istanbul in 2007. The designer, Milicent Armstrong saw and fell in love with carpet bags, shoes and all of the other accessories that were repurposed from the beautiful flat-woven textile. Several years later, while attending Interior Design school, Armstrong made her way back to Istanbul, found a small artisan workshop willing to work with her, and began production on her first run of products. These first pieces took the concept of repurposing Kilims and elevated the pieces by upgrading the designs to more modern, classic shapes.
The first collection, which was sold out of Armstrong's South End apartment was an instant hit, and was quickly picked up by renowned retailer Steven Alan. The company has grown since then and has garnered the attention of the WSJ, Town & Country and Esquire magazine to name a few, and also gained a cult following among world renowned interior designers and magazine editors for its unique, one of a kind, but also classic feel. Artemis has created special collections for Steven Alan, Anthropologie, United Arrows of Japan, and Joseph Abboud, amongst others.
Artemis is going into their 5th year in business, and Armstrong travels back to Turkey regularly to oversee production and source heaps of Kilim carpets for future collections.
Milicent Armstrong is an award-winning American designer, best known for her lifestyle label, Artemis Design Co. The 30-year-old designer and entrepreneur spent her formative years studying art history, French, and Interior Design. She continued her education in the fine art world at the Morse Museum and Galerie Maeght in Paris and CFM Gallery in New York City. She sharpened her knowledge of creating a cult favorite at fragrance house, Le Labo. Her inspirations are drawn from her world travels and appreciation for aesthetics, both new and old.
Armstrong was named a “most promising up and coming American Designer” in Racked’s 2015 Young Guns Awards and won across three fashion categories in Boston Magazine’s annual Best of Boston Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Her designs have gotten the attention of publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Town and Country, and Esquire, among others.